An International Event That We Can All Embrace
If you’re suffering from a case of the Mondays, or even the January blues, today might just be the day to cure them – after all, today is International Hugging Day, an annual event that began in America in the 1980’s but is now recognised and celebrated all over the world!
Yes that’s right, today is the day to open up your arms and give lots of hugs to those you care about most, and maybe even some strangers too. Many scientific studies have been carried out into the physical effects of hugging, and strong conclusions drawn that a big cuddle can have a positive impact on our wellbeing as it helps to release the bonding hormone, Oxytocin. So if you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, or are just in need of a little Monday pick-me-up, the perfect medicine could be right there in your arms on International Hugging Day.
A Craving for Cuddles
However in spite of the healing qualities of hugs, the statistics suggest that we don’t get enough of them here in the UK. A study carried out by bear brand Forever Friends found that one in three people in the UK would like to enjoy more cuddles, yet an astounding one in ten people said that one of the reasons why they don’t have more hugs is because they just don’t come naturally to them.
Thankfully, 26% of the respondents to the Forever Friends survey claimed that they are proactive in giving out embraces to people, and so it’s on International Hugging Day that we want to encourage all those confident cuddle lovers to get close to those that are a little more snuggle-shy, and try to spread some happiness in this cold winter month!
Perhaps there’s someone special that you’d like to give a hug to today, but they’re too far out of reach. That’s not a problem thanks to Hallmark.co.uk cards whose fantastic selection of personalised greeting cards and gifts, including those featuring the adorable Forever Friends bears, are available to buy online, and are sure to make someone feel good when you can’t be there for a proper cuddle.